For Immediate Release
Hundreds of Amnesty International Activists to March in Solidarity with Aung San Suu Kyi and the People of Myanmar
March and Rally in San Francisco on Friday, Nov. 5
SAN FRANCISCO - Approximately 200 Amnesty
International activists march and rally in solidarity with Aung San
Suu Kyi and the people of Myanmar this Friday, November 5, starting
at 5:30 p.m. Held on the eve of the historic November 7 elections
in Myanmar, activists holding illuminated posters of Aung San Suu Kyi will
call on the Myanmar authorities to release her and the 2,000-plus prisoners
imprisoned for peaceful activism. The march will begin at the corner
of McAllister and Hyde Streets at 5:30 p.m. and will end with a rally at
the steps of San Francisco City Hall, with projected images of Aung San
Suu Kyi as the backdrop.
The demonstration kicks off Amnesty International
USA's (AIUSA's) annual regional human rights conference, which will continue
on November 6 and 7 at UC Hastings College of Law. Speakers include
several prominent Burmese human rights defenders
including: Toe Lwin, a youth leader
for the National League for Democracy and a member of Aung San Suu Kyi's
Security Team; Nyunt Than of the Burmese American Democratic
Alliance; Yasmin Vanya of the Burmese American Women's Alliance;
and Maung Maung Latt, an exiled Minister of Parliament.
AIUSA Field Organizer Kalaya’an Mendoza will emcee. A
Burmese drum troupe will perform traditional music at the event.
The military rulers of Myanmar have jailed
thousands of people in their continuing efforts to crush all dissenting
views. Most prominent of those detained is Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel
Peace Prize laureate who has been the beacon of hope and change for nearly
two decades in Myanmar. November 7, 2010, marks the first time the Myanmar
government has held elections since 1990.
Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning
grassroots activist organization with more than 2.8 million supporters,
activists and volunteers who campaign for universal human rights from more
than 150 countries. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates
and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice,
freedom, truth and dignity are denied.
What: Solidarity March and Rally
for Aung San Suu Kyi and the People of Myanmar
Who: Amnesty International USA and Burmese human rights
Where: U.C. Hastings (at the corner of Hyde and McAllister);
march ends at the steps of San Francisco City Hall (1 Doctor Carlton B.
When: Friday, November 5, 2010, 5:30 p.m. Rally and program
begin at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall.
We are people from across the world standing up for humanity and human rights. Our purpose is to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. We investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world.